Saturday, 18 April 2015

Winter Goodness

Annabel Langbein has set her Free Range Foodies a task in celebration of her Winter Goodness book which is due to be released 27th April. She has asked that we take a photo that represents our own Winter Goodness. She is having daily spot prizes where her Free Range Foodies can choose anything from her website to win,

I'd love to win her Through the Seasons cookbook

Our family is very much into the rhythms of the seasons and we eat to the seasons hence why I wanna win this book!
I've had the book quite a few times out from the library so would sure love to own it.

You can help me win by giving the following photo a Facebook a like and Instagram a heart.

Winter Goodness to me means Winter Solstice / Yule. Which is on Saturday 20th June this year. The shortest day in the Southern Hemisphere (longest in the Northern Hemisphere). 

 "Solstice: is derived from two Latin words "sol" meaning sun and "sistere" to stand still. It is the time at which the sun is at its northernmost point in the sky due to the tilt of the earth's axis. At noon the sun reaches its lowest altitude and as the sun faces the most northern point it stands still. It is all very imperceptible but here in New Zealand, we will receive the less sun on June 20th, making it the shortest  day of the year.

It is a time to celebrate the return of the sun. Starting on the 21st June at sunrise, the sun will begin to climb a little higher and stay longer in the sky each day. However Winter Solstice is the darkest time, it is not the coldest. The days will get gradually longer but the worst of winter is still yet to come, It takes at least three to six weeks after Winter Solstice for the coldest temperatures of the year to occur which is due to the oceans ability to store and release heat.

As the days get longer.... the cold grows stronger

Our family celebrates the Wheel of the Year and we all look forward to Winter Solstice which is celebrated with simple gifts shared. A feast of  roast turkey, potatoes, kumera, pumpkin, yams, carrots, silver beet and cabbage from the garden. The ritual of burning the Yule log harvested from our property starts a roaring fire. We play a family board game usually Catan and  it all feels very much like a Northern Hemisphere Christmas.

Disclaimer: This blog post was sponsored by Annabel Langbein. For more information on sponsorship click here.

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  1. It's so good to eat with the seasons. I've had my eye on that book too. I'll look forward to seeing what you are planning for your Samhain/Kiwi Halloween feast on April 30. Have you got lots of pumpkins & apples ripening in the garden?

    1. Weather permitting we will have a bonfire Friday night with home grown pumpkin soup.